An initiative of GUIDE, the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is a group of high school students from across Gwinnett County who come together to learn leadership skills, provide input to various aspects of GUIDE programming and conduct substance abuse prevention projects. Our YAB members are committed to positively impacting the community, as well as making responsible and healthy personal choices. Throughout the school year, YAB members take part in monthly meetings and help plan things like youth leadership trainings, community-wide events and peer-prevention campaigns designed to reduce alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.
The YAB is facilitated by the Executive Council, consisting of the President, Vice President and Secretary. Two YAB members are also asked to serve as Youth Board Members for the GUIDE Board of Directors. Additionally, all YAB members will be exposed to a wide variety of leadership opportunities, including participation in Georgia Teen Institute, our summer leadership program.
YAB members develop and practice key leadership skills such as public speaking, group management, networking, decision-making, planning, organization and time management. Former YAB members have gone on to serve in prestigious leadership positions in other organizations and on their college campuses, receive full scholarships to colleges of their choice, lead their fellow youth in community organizing activities and have been selected to serve as interns and paid summer staff for GUIDE.
The YAB Coordinator is Mary Kate Chapman. Please direct all questions and concerns to her regarding participation in the YAB or attendance at meetings and events.
GUIDE’s mission is to improve community conditions by utilizing collaborations, promoting positive youth development, delivering specialized training and resources and preventing substance use and abuse.